Sure it’s the disease Mr Williams, not the drug

Following the death of Robin Williams last week, two of his friends (Marlon Wayans and Rob Schneider) have publicly blamed his suicide on the prescription drugs he was taking. Normally when medication is blamed for suicide, usually SSRIs, academics will blame the disease, saying it’s the actual depression that causes suicide, not the drug. One prime example … More Sure it’s the disease Mr Williams, not the drug

Psychiatric Drugs: Evidence Based Medicine or Psychiatry’s Smoke Ball?

Psychiatric Drugs: Evidence Based Medicine or Psychiatry’s Smoke Ball?   For decades doctors and psychiatrists have defended the use and efficacy of psychiatric drugs, from declaring that they ‘revolutionised the treatment of depression’[1] to just plain ‘lifesaving’[2]. Indeed Irish Psychiatrist Patricia Casey has proclaimed that antidepressants are lifesaving and that for early improvement in ‘clinical’ … More Psychiatric Drugs: Evidence Based Medicine or Psychiatry’s Smoke Ball?

COI- Condition or Iatrogenic?

Does anybody actually care about the conflict of interests which exist between the medical professionals and drug companies? Just suppose these inherent conflict of interests, particularly within the ‘mental health’ field, are actually causing many deaths, not curtailing them? Will it matter then? Example: Nessa Childers tweeted today “Call to action?: Mental illness can reduce life expectancy … More COI- Condition or Iatrogenic?

TV3 Documentary

On Monday 10th March, TV3 will air a documentary covering the events surrounding the death of my son Shane and his killing of Sebastian Creane. We decided to participate in this programme because it provided others with the opportunity to hear about the role that SSRI antidepressants played in the tragic deaths of both young … More TV3 Documentary

The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Influence in Irish Politics and Medicine.

The pharmaceutical industry has a long and tangled involvement within Irish politics. Besides politics, our medical ‘experts’ have built up their training and expertise while simultaneously having a fundamental collegial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. Pharma politics may not be news to Americans, Latvians or our British neighbours – but as Ireland is my Country … More The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Influence in Irish Politics and Medicine.